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this time, it’ll be different

he is different

his family

doesn’t slit pigeons

for kali puja

they free the birds

who do they think they are

to hold you captive in the first place?

the birds, you mean?

Shlagha Borah (she/her) is a poet from Assam, India. She writes on dysfunctionality in families, mental health, and the intersection of the two. Her work has been nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of Net Awards 2020 and has been published on various platforms like Ayaskala, Marias at Sampaguitas, The Literary Impulse, GroundXero, and elsewhere. She is also the co-founder of Pink Freud, a community dedicated to destigmatizing mental health in India.

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